Waves Pull Within One Late, Can't Overtake Oregon

Ea Shoushtari

Nov. 25, 2013

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Pepperdine women’s basketball team came back from 24 points down in the second half to pull within one late against Oregon, but couldn’t find a final basket, falling 83-80 on the road.

Bria Richardson (Hawthorne, Calif./Serra HS) scored 13 points in the second half and Ea Shoushtari (Los Angeles, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) put up 11 to lead the late charge and help pull the visiting Waves to within one with 5.3 seconds remaining in the game. A turnover on the final possession, followed by two Duck free throws ended the comeback and handed Pepperdine its fourth loss, however.

After shooting 39.5 percent from the floor and 14.3 percent from beyond the arc, the Waves shot 52.9 and 57.5 percent in the second half to come charging back.

“What it took was us going to our bench in the second half and they stepped up,” said head coach Ryan Weisenberg. “We made some adjustments defensively, started running our stuff on offense and we hit some big shots to put them on their heels. We just didn’t do a good job on the boards tonight and that killed us. That has been our problem all road trip.”

With 16:06 left to play Pepperdine faced its largest deficit of the night, trailing 58-34 after a 10-2 Oregon run out of the break. A 19-2 run, culminating in a Richardson 3-pointer at the 7:35 mark brought the Waves all the way back to within six, 63-57.

The Ducks would push the advantage back to 10, but Allie Green (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS) hit her lone three of the night and the Waves followed with four straight free throws to make it a 72-69 game with just over four minutes to play.

Pepperdine finally broke within the three-point barrier when Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) stole the ball and fed it ahead to Shoushtari who laid it home to make it an 81-80 game with 30 seconds to play. The Waves got the ball back with 5.3 seconds left after an Oregon miss, but couldn’t get a shot off as the Ducks’ Jillian Alleyne stole the ball and was fouled to seal the win.

“We switched some things up with our defense in the final minute and that made them second guess themselves and allowed Kelsey to get the deflection and the steal,” said Weisenberg. “She did a good controlling it and getting it to EA before they could get back on defense. We had two open looks on the final possession, but dribbled too much and didn’t take the opportunities.”

Alleyne led all players with 21 points and 17 rebounds even after missing a pair of attempts within the last 30 seconds that would have sealed it prior to the Waves’ final possession. Katelyn Loper had 19 points for Oregon.

Richardson finished with 19 points for Pepperdine, Shoushtari had 17 and Green added 12. Shoushtari also had 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

The Waves outshot Oregon percentage wise, 45.8-34.8 from the floor, but for the second straight game gave up 10 3-pointers –though it took the Ducks 32 attempts to reach the total, with the home team missing 11 threes in the second half. Second chance opportunities were the downfall for Pepperdine as well, as Oregon grabbed 23 offensive boards and scored 20 second chance points to just eight for the visitors.

“The girls showed heart after a long road trip and being well behind to come back and make a game of it tonight,” said Weisenberg. “Each one of them said after the game that had we come to play like that in the first half we could have won by 20. That’s what we need to take from this game, we can play with anybody and I think we’re starting to realize that.”

Pepperdine moves to 2-4 on the season, while Oregon goes to 3-2. The Waves head back to Southern California for a matchup at Long Beach State on Saturday at 2 p.m. Live audio of the game will be broadcast via WaveCasts.



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